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Scores injured in terror scare at Kenyatta University

A security scare at the Kenyatta University on Friday morning following a terror alert has left a number of students and staff injured.

At least 38 students and staff at the university suffered arm and leg fractures while escaping from the University’s library following a commotion whose root cause is yet to be revealed.

Some of the students the Daily Nation spoke to said the commotion was started by some students who were fighting inside the library.

There are also other reports to the effect that it was caused by the collapse of a faulty elevator in the library, sending the library occupants into a frenzy.

PHOTO | LILIAN MERAB
PHOTO | ELIZABETH MERAB

“My friend and I were in the library studying for the upcoming exams when we suddenly heard a commotion and started seeing people jumping off from third and fourth floor,” one student said.

The students scampered for safety, with some jumping out of windows to escape the purported attack.

The incident comes just days after another terror scare at Moi University’s Main Campus where 20 students were injured after jumping off their hostel room windows following an explosion triggered by an electrical fault.

Some of the seriously injured students the Kenyatta University were transferred to the Kenyatta National Hospital for further check-up. A senior official at the referral hospital confirmed that 10 students have been received at the facility and are in stable condition.

“The students have been brought in with fractures in their ankles as well and cuts from jumping from the high floors, but they’re in stable conditions,” said the official.

PHOTO | LILIAN MERAB
PHOTO | ELIZABETH MERAB

Efforts to get access into the university were, however, futile after security guards denied the media entry.

“We have been instructed to only allow in students and staff who have their university’s identification card,” said one of the guards.

According to the university’s website, the institution’s library, a five-storey building, has six floors and a sitting capacity of over 6,000.